LABACE Convention News

Bombardier Is Well Represented In Static Display

 - August 13, 2014, 12:00 PM
Bombardier’s Challenger 605 and 350 siblings are among four aircraft on display from the Canadian airframer. From the Learjet 75 through the Global 6000, the OEM spans a wide range of mission-specific needs for operators in the region. Photo: David McIntosh

Bombardier is making a strong appearance at the LABACE show with four of its aircraft in the static display at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, spanning the entire gamut of the private jet market.

Making its Brazilian debut as well as its first airshow appearance since receiving FAA certification in June, is the Canadian airframer’s Challenger 350 super midsize. An improvement on the Challenger 300, the nine-passenger twinjet offers 3,200-nm (5,926-km) range based on its greater fuel capacity, capable of linking São Paulo with San Juan. It has a new wing with canted winglets, and a higher maximum takeoff weight of 40,600 pounds. Following the show, the twinjet will embark on a regional tour with additional stops in Brazil and Guatemala.

In the light jet category, the manufacturer’s Learjet 75 is here this week in the middle of a demonstration tour that has taken it through the Caribbean and will continue on to Chile following LABACE. The replacements for the Learjet 45XR and 40XR, the Learjet 75 and its slightly smaller sibling Learjet 70 feature a new Garmin G5000-based Bombardier Vision cockpit. The two jets received certification in the fourth quarter last year.

With a maximum range of more than 2,000 nm at a cruise speed of up to Mach .81, the Learjet 75 can link São Paulo nonstop with Santiago, while carrying four passengers and two crew members. It can also carry up to eight passengers with full fuel due to its and new winglet design and upgraded 3,850-pound-thrust Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines. They deliver up to a 9-percent improvement in hot-and-high takeoff field performance as well as a 4-percent increase in fuel efficiency, compared to the Learjet 45.

In the large-cabin segment, the company has brought two options for LABACE guests to visit. The Challenger 605 is the latest version of the noted 600-series and offers one of the widest stand-up cabins currently available in its class. It can carry six passengers between Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, South Africa, while the Global 6000 offers large-cabin comfort with extended range, enough to connect São Paulo with Los Angeles nonstop with eight passengers and three crew members. The Global 6000 also features the Bombardier Vision flight deck, and among its custom options is a stand-up shower.

“There is tremendous energy and growth in Latin America, and each year LABACE is an excellent venue for Bombardier to demonstrate the strength of its product portfolio,” said Stéphane Leroy, the airframer’s regional sales vice president for Latin America. “We’ve invested considerably in our new products in the past few years, and we’re proud to show the results with the new Learjet 75 and Challenger 350 aircraft. We remain committed to the needs of our customers in Latin America by delivering innovative business jets and growing our customer service network.”